GoFundme.com has taken down a crowdfunding campaign for Sgt. Ryan O’Neil, and the local FOP isn’t happy about why.
South Bend FOP President Harvey Mills says he was informed the campaign was taken down because it was “in support of a hate crime”. In a release Tuesday night he says anti-police advocates pressured GoFundMe into the decision.
The full transcript of the press release is below:
SOUTH BEND, IN – Today, the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #36 in South Bend, Indiana
announced that its fundraising campaign in support of Sgt. Ryan O’Neill had been cancelled by GoFundMe. In less than a day, the campaign had already raised more than $5,000.
“Anti-police activists must have pressured GoFundMe into cancelling our campaign to help Sgt.Ryan O’Neill pay for his legal defense in a civil lawsuit filed against him,” Harvey Mills, South Bend FOP President said. “Shockingly, GoFundMe told us that they cancelled the campaign because it was in support of a hate crime. This is fundamentally wrong and I’m shocked that a company would accuse a police officer of a hate crime simply for defending himself from an armed attacker.”
The FOP announced a new campaign that is being run on another fundraising platform, Fundly.
The Campaign can be accessed here: https://fundly.com/defend-officer-ryan-o-neill
Mills continued, “I find it truly offensive that GoFundMe would cancel our campaign to defend a police officer who hasn’t been accused of a crime while they freely allow violent groups like Antifa to raise money to support criminal acts that have been on the news recently.”